i might have done a little shopping..

Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Hello! Oops, I may have been shopping.. ! How are you all? I love love love reading people's shopping posts so here is mine and I hope you enjoy it as much as I certainly enjoyed spending it, haha. I spent the rainy rainy afternoon in Oxford Street and although I did get my hair ruined several times I had a great afternoon to myself. I wait for a while and pretty much do one shop each month so I really look forward to it.

First I stopped off at Primark, my boyfriend needed some pumps (he always gets them from Primark because they're EXACTLY the same as the Topman ones and they are £3 in Primark and £18 in Topman!) So I picked those up and of course I had a mooch around, because it's the biggest Primark theres usually always something that catches my eye. I really had my heart set on finding some cheap nude heels (I have this idea that if I buy some cheap nude heels I can customize them to look like Vivenne Westwood shoes) and there were none in my size, waaa. I don't really buy much of their clothes so I just left with a couple of accessories..

 
Cute hair bow - £1

 
Pack of four hair bows - £1
I also bought some tights but they're not really interesting enough to photograph. I cant recommend those tights more though, they're £1 to £4 (depending) and the quality is brilliant, they last just as long as tights from anywhere else. I'm always wearing rings or have long nails or bracelets that catch and snag tights so I hate spending lots of money on them - so pointless!

Then I went to H&M where I wanted to buy more but waited - pay day is only next Friday... I am a good girl really :)


 Waist belt - £2.99

But I did pick up this little waist belt with leather bow detail for only £2.99. Bargain-alicious! If you click it you should be able to see the bow clearer. I love it. I think it'll go perfectly with my American Apparel skirt (previous post).

So then of course, like a big naughty girl, I had to look in MAC. I bought three shadows, Fig 1, Shroom and Sumptuous Olive.

 

  

  
Fig 1.

 
Shroom

 
Sumptuous Olive
These are all shades I don't own or hadn't previously so i'm mega excited to add them to my eyeshadow family. I need to ask your help actually, I have more than enough now to depot..should I do it? Or not? I kinda like them in the individual pots but I like the idea of having them all in one place.. Also what do you use to depot and whats the best way? Please let me know!

Then after mooching around some other shops I went to Topshop. And spent a few hours in there. My boyfriend wasn't particularly amused with the amount of time he had to spend following me around but that store is so big it'd be criminal not to look at everything at least once. It's one of my favourite stores, the downstairs floor is amazing.

 
Bag - £30
Ok am I right in thinking this bag is simply gorgeous? I saw it and thought "yeah, i'm probably going to need that bag." Haha. I absolutely love it!! I never normally spend so much on a clutch bag (cheapskate!) mostly because I like to hunt around for bargains but I absolutely adore this bag and I feel like it will last through the seasons. I honestly don't think it is too unreasonably priced, it feels like it's quite good quality. It snaps shut with magnets and I think theres something very 50's vintage feel about the bow and the handles. 


 

  
Top - £20
This top is by Rock Rebels Los Angeles which is found on the bottom floor of Topshop Oxford Street. Not sure if you can buy this one online, some of the stuff you can but personally it's one of the only reasons I go into that Topshop so often - the stuff downstairs is gorgeous! 

So that was my Wednesday shop! What did you think? Are you going shopping anytime soon, tell me whats on your wishlist? Or if you've been shopping tell me what you got! I love shopping so bad!

Lots of love, Z xo

somewhere down in albion

Wednesday, February 24, 2010
So outside of University and my part-time job i'm a freelance photographer, mostly photographing live music and events but I also set up fashion shoots. Last Monday I was invited to take photos of Babyshambles so off I trundled to Camden Town, camera in arm ready to capture Doherty's every move for potential money making shots ;) (there were none, dammit). I must admit i'm not really a fan of Babyshambles so I wasn't really paying much attention to the music going on. Nothing personal Pete, you're just not really my cup of tea, sorry!

This is the outfit I wore:


 

 



Top: Vintage Radiohead tee from waste.com
Skirt: American Apparel
Tights: Accessorize


Fairly minimal, I usually wear some kind of slouchy clothing when i'm photographing otherwise it's just way too much effort and i'm often concentrating on holding my outfit together rather than the job in hand - oops! I wore studded flat boots as well as a cardigan. This skirt is incredibly versatile and I honestly think it'd suit every girl. Also it comes in almost every colour possible, amazing.

 
(sorry about the rubbish shot!)

And here are a couple of my shots of Babyshambles from the evening.

 

  

 



If you're interested you can see more of my photography here: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Zoe-Hellewell-Photography/130878947465?ref=ts

What do you think of Babyshambles? Am I totally lame for wearing a band tee to a gig? Should I keep quiet about my photography on here and just talk about fashion/beauty? Give me all your opinions!
Kisses, Z xo

monday update

Monday, February 22, 2010
Hello! I'm so so sorry for the lack of posts. I've been a bit poorly and therefore not had much time to blog at all - looking at the laptop was killing me! I really appreciate all the new followers and all of you who have stuck with me for the last couple of weeks, i'm really hoping to get a lot more written this week to share with you all. So a big sorry there. So honestly this past week i've been in bed but i've had a lot of time to think and time to myself which is always lovely! So this is what's been dominating my world this week:

1. Ugly Betty.
Okay I know i'm not the only one who loves Betty! Although this show is what i'd call a 'Mickey Mouse' show, something where you know the outcome instantly and the characters and plot are often thin but it's such a great easy watch. I love Betty, sympathize with her dearly and i'm dying for a job at Mode! So i've been revisiting the first series aswell as naughtily downloading the newest series (i just cannot wait) and it's brilliant, helped take my mind off a lot of things, primarily feeling rubbish!

 
image taken from whatsontv.co.uk


2. Lush baths.
There simply isn't a cure for a lot of illnesses, I've really just had to stick it out with vitamins and water but theres one thing that always makes me feel better..silky hot water with a lush item popped in for good measure! My favourites by a long way are the bubble bars, i've had the same one for ages because such a small amount goes a long way - plus it makes my bath go awesome colours. Having a lush bath at strategic times during the week has really helped me feel a million times better. Thanks Lush!
 
image from lush.co.uk


3. Lady GaGa.
I honestly think this woman is a genius. Granted, she owes a lot to Madonna but she's made modern pop cool again, and she's done it all by herself. Shes a fashion icon and her voice rivals some of the greatest warblers around. I snuggled down on the sofa last week with a big blanket and the Brit Awards and although most of it was, well, it's not the VMAs is it...but Gagas touchingly perfect contribution and tribute to Alexander Mcqueen just proved that the Lady herself is due every ounce of recognition as the most innovative new popstar around.

 
image taken from starpulse.com


4. Movies.
I am so psyched for Alice in Wonderland, we've booked 3D tickets to see it at the IMAX on South Bank and I just cannot wait. I've got a lot of films on my hit list at the moment including Exit Through The Gift Shop which is in cinemas in two weeks. While i've been ill i've not actually watched that many movies but there are a few I want to catch up on! Anyone got any good recommendations?

image taken from cbc.net

5. Spring trends!
So excited about going shopping to buy peaches, florals, nudes and leather studs! I am loving all this seasons clothing and I can't wait to get all new exciting wardrobe pieces!

 
image taken from fashonising.com

Aside from all this, i've been listening to:

Frank Turner - Hold Your Tongue.
I do a lot of photography for this guy (which you can see on any of the links below my banner) but I have to say this is one of the most beautiful songs i've ever heard. Give it a go, you'll love it! Promise.

So what have you all been up to this week? Fill me in on all your goss and point me in the direction of all your new blog posts, I LOVE reading all your blogs.
Thanks so so so much for subscribing and I'll be posting very soon.
Lots of love, Zx

opi for alice in wonderland in absolutely alice review

Friday, February 19, 2010
Hii! So I was so very excited to receive a belated Valentines Day gift from my boyfriend today which was one of the OPI Nail Varnishes from the Alice in Wonderland collection. I am over the moon! It is the shade Absolutely Alice. Apologies if you have seen a lot of these reviews pop up, let me know if this wasn't very useful or if you still like to see posts on popular items.

Now i'm quite intimidated by OPI, i've never seen a nail polish range with simply so many shades. If anyone knows of a seriously decent website that has swatched a lot of them please let me know - although the OPI website is very good, I can't get on with their little nail bar thing (fussy, right!) Anyway i've not delved into their collection before. I have often watched their demonstrations on QVC and there are so many things of theirs that interest me. If you've tried Chip Skip, or Nail Envy please let me know your thoughts! And of course recommend me a shade - I do wear almost any colour.

 
close up of the bottle - in certain light it looks deep blue with silver reflects (sorry about messy application)

So i'm not entirely sure whether a chunky glitter polish was a good start to OPI but oh my the colour is gorgeous. However I did find it a little hard to work with - it honestly dried so quickly and kinda went all over my fingers in the process! I wouldn't call myself a nail expert or even good at nail painting but I literally cannot go a single day without colour on my nails so i'm fairly used to polish. I hope. Absolutely Alice is a perfect bold Alice blue with gold reflects although when artificial light catches it it does look silvery too.

 
under a bright artificial light

As you can see there is an abundance of glitter. It is beautiful. Every single way you turn your nails reflects are caught in the light and bounce off - much to my delight. Even as i'm looking at my nails now typing the glitter is so, so sparkly.


 
click to enlarge (my middle nail broke earlier - sob)

Because of the huge glitter content once this polish has been applied - and I applied two coats - it can feel a little rough, almost matte. I actually finished mine with two thin layers of top coat just to ensure the nail felt smooth to the touch.

  
it's so so glittery!

The brush is fairly wide and I did struggle to paint my little finger nail without getting it all over me. Actually I did get it all over me but it was probably because I was so excited to put it on..! My favourite nail varnish brand is Zoya which has a slightly thinner, more concentrated brush. Although the OPI made application quicker, I have very small nails on my little finger especially and I felt it a little difficult to navigate with. I am still new to OPI and I do think after a few more practises it will become easier but on the offset I did struggle.

Positive:
Such a unique blue glitter
Big sized bottle
Handle is super easy to grip
Dries quickly

Negative:
Brush too wide (although may be personal to me)
Quite hard to layer quickly and evenly
Needs a good shiny smooth top coat to even out the glitter

If you are interested in buying this polish my partner bought it from www.radiantbabe-beauty.co.uk for £6.99. 

Overall, the shade of this polish is gorgeous and i'm proud in my boyfriend for picking such a lovely shade - although it has been in my bookmarks for a while so I wonder where he got the inspiration from - heh! I would be interested in trying this shade over other blue bases just to see how it works. Roll on the Alice in Wonderland release - big fan of Tim Burton.

Do you own this polish? What do you think of OPI? Can you recommend me an OPI shade to try next? Or do you think OPI is overrated and theres a better brand I should invest in? Spill all the beans! I love to receive comments.
Lots of love, Z xo

lfw - denim on denim ss10

Thursday, February 18, 2010
Morning! Hope you're having a great week. So I explained earlier that I've been working for the Gap for nearly three years now and during a particularly boring weekday I decided to rope in a few of my colleagues for some modelling all for the benefit of you - the lovely reader! This is a very heavy post but I promise it contains lots of interesting information!

Disclaimer: Although Gap products are mentioned and featured in this post I have not been paid by Gap to write this article and will not be receiving any payment for the publishing of this article. I was not given any of the clothing for free to write about and neither were any of my colleagues. I am a current trained Personal Stylist and employee of Gap UK and rather than selling the brand to you I am offering you an alternative look at the current trends as well as offering some of my hints and tricks picked up through styling training. Please do not feel I am pushing any form of marketing upon you - the reader - but explaining through the ideas for Spring/Summer 2010. Everything you read in this article are my own words from experience and are not in any way affiliated with the brand of Gap UK.

So a huge part of the Spring/Summer 2010 collection is focused on clashing denim with denim - I know, how 80s, right? (Although don't rush for the perm just yet, ladies) We've already seen the runway preview of Dolce and Gabbana's denim on denim look for SS10 and it's an eclectic mix of denim shirts/denim jeans or denim dresses with lace all romantically paired together with suede or leather boots. Not only are D&G showing us all that the 80s is very much well and truly alive as are Stella McCartney, Chloe and Ralph Lauren just to name a few. I spent some time last weekend in Topshop Oxford Street familarizing myself with the Topshop trends for SS10 and their take on denim for LFW and seriously, get embracing your denim because it is so on trend right now!

 
l-r chloe, d&g, twenty8twelve (picture from elle.com)



l-r stella mccartney, d&g, house of holland (photo from elle.com)


Now you're probably having the same reaction as me. Well this is all well and good on a 5 foot 9, 6 stone hottie on a catwalk, but how am I, really, going to make this awful decision of decking myself out in denim head to toe work on a walk to ASDA on a Monday afternoon? In fact I just dismissed the idea completely, thinking it was truly not for me, having horrible nightmares of that Britney and Justin fiasco from around 10 years ago. So you can imagine my annoyance around three weeks ago when well over 150 boxes of brand new shipment came into our store, and what was it filled with? Oh yes ladies and gentlemen, denim. Even my manager couldn't come around to the idea. But, honestly, try this stuff on and oh yes, there is a look for everyone and believe it or not, everyone in my store is now absolutely smitten with the look. Even you lovely men out there can rock this trend!

So here is The London Lipglosses' foolproof guide to making denim on denim work on everybody:
Pick a style of jean that suits you. Okay I know that's fairly self explanatory, but choosing denim is hard! It's sometimes easier in your mind to go along with the latest trend but there are always a pair of denim jeans out there that will suit you (I promise!), and regardless of what's "in" fashion you want a pair that are comfortable and seriously long lasting because denim is expensive. Save your money and pick the best pair for you. So here are a few of my tips and tricks:

If you have larger hips pick a pair with a great flare, this will even you out and give you a gorgeous shape.

If you are curvy pick a pair with a bit of stretch in or softer denim, this will show off your curves exactly how you want them to (and be much more comfortable!).

If you are conscious about a larger bum always pick a pair with back pockets. This minimizes the attention drawn to your bum and gives your bum the justice it deserves!

If you are thin with narrow hips but a full rounded bum pick a pair of low rise denims - these are going to sit on the widest part of your hips and bring more shape to your legs as well as showing off your bum - not too low though otherwise your pants may be visible when you sit down!

If you are thin with narrow hips and a flatter bum pick a pair that are shaped higher at the back and lower at the front - this is dead easy to spot, just hold the denim up and look at the waist cut. If you pick a particularly low rise denim this will only make your bum look washed out and flatter.

There's a reason that the old school Levi's three-pocket look is still around-it looks good. If you're conscious about a thicker thigh midsection, pockets do a great job of concealing any worries and creating the illusion of a longer leg as well as detailing right at the top of the denim.

A couple of other tips to remember are that dark denim looks good on everybody. If you're looking for a longer leg illusion - dark denim. If you're looking for a slimmer look - dark denim. Not only that but 9 times out of 10 it goes with whats in your wardrobe. Versatility!

Ideally denim should contain 2% spandex so as not to over stretch. This is why if you stick your denim in the wash and put them on afterwards they feel a tiny bit smaller - it's simply the spandex content doing it's job, expanding and shrinking with temperature. One walk up your stairs or out with the dog and they'll be back the same as they were pre-wash.

Remember not all denim companies cut their denim the same, what you are in one store you will be different in another. Because of the dye content in darker denim you may need to go up a size. Look in the label in the store - if the denim has more than 2% spandex you will need to go down a size, they are stretchy!

One last tip : always wash your jeans inside out to retain the colour. :)

Don't go all out. So the key to making denim on denim work is picking the right mix of denims. A jacket, shirt and jeans is not going to work on everybody or be something everybody feels comfortable in. If you're wearing a denim shirt, pick a similar matching colour jeans for a jumpsuit look or pick a different colour jeans for a more wearable look. If you are wearing a denim dress team with a leather jacket - a denim dress and jacket will be all too much.

It's all about the clothing. Ditch denim accessories: Whatever you do do not pick a denim bag with this denim on denim look. The trendiest look for younger fashionistas is the black studded leather look. If you are older team your denims with brown leather bags and belts. This is much classier and honestly...i'm not sure about denim bags anyway!

So here is my take on the denim on denim look and some of my colleagues hot picks!

Glasses on, it's work time! (They were trying to make me pose so i've got a silly look on my face!)
I've teamed dark denim with ripped embellishments with a plain white tee and a statement diagonally zipped denim jacket. For that fresh young biker look i've worn my studded leather boots (from Office) and a thin studded black leather belt. I'd finish this off with an oversized black bag and a long necklace.

 

I love this outfit my colleague Farida chose. The dark denims are very flattering on her and I love the thin leather belt she has placed round her waist. The prominence of this belt not only draws her in at her (tiny!) waistline but gives the shirt some much needed shape. Believe it or not this is a men's shirt and she's worked it with some feminine charm with a big statement necklace.

 

I think Serife here has hugely taken the denim on denim trend, made it all her own and doesn't she carry it off well? The wide leg flare jeans are bold yet smart. This whole look has girly written all over it and is very reminiscent of the current catwalk looks. I love how she's taken the scarf and used it as a headband - so boho. Again she's worked with a plain long sleeve tee and a statement piece - the waistcoat. Complete this look with an oversized brown leather bag.



Robyn has taken the concept and made it completely wearable. She's picked a long sleeve white tee with button detailing which is lightweight and feminine with some dark denim, a denim shirt and brought it all together beautifully with a thin brown leather belt. A scarf slung over the top will add another dimension to the colours visually as well as accessorizing perfectly!



(That is definitely the cleaner in the background!)
So you think skinny jeans are only for wafer thin stick girls? I think as Olivia is proving, that statement is bang wrong! She's got such a gorgeous set of hips and the detailing on these skinnies is drawing attention to all the right places. She's wearing the same jacket I'm wearing but she's teamed it with a slouchy washed out shirt and finished with some statement bangles. Not only that but she's rocking one of this seasons hottest hairdos!



 I am loving Nyemeck's boyish feel to her look. She's taken the denim jacket and put a hoodie underneath it. Layering at it's best - not only practical in this freeeezing weather but looks great too! She's working this look with a plain black long sleeved tee, which I think works well - a complete contrast to the light looks of the concept. Again she's made it her own trend. She's finished the look with a grungy boho men's scarf.




Doesn't Johannies look great? This look he's picked (although i'm convinced not entirely by himself ;) is completely bang on trend for men and not only that but he's proving it works in the real world. The straight jeans and slouchy shirt not only say he's a man about town but a man who knows what looks good on him. The low rise straight denims look great on any male - honestly - and the inclusion of the grungy scarf gives him a bold, yet masculine look - it should be in every man's little black book of style. Work it down in the daytime with ripped, worn in trainers or sneakers and for that real indie rocker feel wear this with brown brogues at night with a worn in brown leather belt.




Raymond is working on the same look as Johannies but taking his layering a little further. Proof that if you do mix it right, jacket, shirt and jeans can work together. He's wearing a pair of high top Converse which help make this whole look more wearable and dressed down. His straight jeans are baggier through the leg and help to even out his body shape. The jacket and the shirt really work because of how similar they are in colour. This is much more of a younger, funkier street look, something not too dissimilar to the style of Pharrell Williams.

So there you have it ladies and gentlemen - a (huge) guide to the world of denim on denim. I know after fashion week this is going to be popping up in high street stores and magazines everywhere and I know it just looks so daunting. I really hope this article has helped you look at denim on denim in a more wearable way - i'm sorry it's a bit Gap-tastic, if I had unlimited access to other stores i'd have worked with them too! Just using the tools I got...

So was this post really too long? Should I persuade (although it didn't take much) my colleagues to create their hot picks for more season trends? Was this whole article pointless? Are you sick of denim? Please let me know in the comment form below and of course I love to chat fashion so fire away with any queries!
Big love, Z xo

every girl should own - all that glitters

Sunday, February 14, 2010
Good evening, and I hope you have had a wonderful day. Again, a huge thank you to new followers, I appreciate it so much and i'm having a lot of fun having a look around all of your blogs.

I've decided to start my own series of blog posts called "Every Girl Should Own" and each post will feature one item that I feel is a staple! Be it a sparkly wearable piece of jewellery, a you-need-this-in-your-wardrobe piece of clothing, the nail varnish that will keep you looking at your nails all day, a seriously must-have pair of shoes or a gorgeous piece of makeup these will all be my personal recommendations. I am not being paid to write any of these reviews, I bought everything myself. Everything I am reviewing with regard to skin care and make up has been tested and works on my skin but what works for me may not work for you, so please always keep that in mind.

This is a rave about a product I think you'll have heard a lot about previously, so I apologise in advance if it is not interesting to you but honestly it is my go-to when i'm in need of a quick eyeshadow fix!

It is "All That Glitters" Eyeshadow by MAC. It is part of their permanent collection and retails for £11 in the pot or £9 if you own a palette and want it in the pan. Honestly? It should be in every make up lovers' collection. I grab it if I'm going to work, going out or just fancy a wash of colour for the walk to the supermarket. It's actually fairly new to my collection and to be honest I don't know how I went without it for so long! My mum picked it up for me at the Bicester CCO* last year because she knew I liked MAC and she liked the shade name - I was thrilled when I received it!

I remember being so intimidated by MAC eyeshadows in the store at first because there simply are so many. I'd heard rave reviews about a quite a few but honestly had no idea where to start - especially on a tight budget! If i had known this information now i'd have definitely left the store that very first day with All That Glitters - I would recommend this shade to everyone.

 
MAC's description
 
Click to enlarge
From using this i'd say that All That Glitters is a soft golden beige colour that blends very well. It feels buttery soft in consistency - probably due to the fact it's a Veluxe Pearl - and the texture is very finely milled. It's sparkly but not overbearing and doesn't leave any horrible chunks of glitter all over your cheeks. I wear this sometimes all by it's self as a wash over my eyelid for work, it's just enough sparkle to bring colour to your eyes without being all overbearing, perfect for the office. It's definitely too dark for a highlight colour on me although I am very pale (nc15 or lighter) but I can see it working well as a highlight on warmer toned ladies.

The London Lipglosses' Recommended uses//
Daytime:
A soft peach as a highlight (e.g Hush), All That Glitters all over the lid and a dark grey on the outer corner (e.g Print, Smut). A splash of mascara and you're ready to go!

Nighttime:
A sparkly gold as a highlight (e.g Dazzlelight, Ricepaper, Shroom), All That Glitters all over the lid, a dark brown in the crease (e.g Tempting, Woodwinked), a dark black in the outer corner (e.g Carbon, Black Tied). A thin line of liquid eyeliner and mascara and let's go party!

Do you already own All That Glitters? What do you think? Is it your go to? Or do you hate All That Glitters with a passion? Tell me in the comments, I love to have a chat!

Lots of love, Zoe-Louise xoxox

Oh and before I go, here is a photograph I took earlier of the rose my boyfriend picked up for me (I also got some Lush goodies which I will review later and Ugly Betty season 1!) Hope you had a wonderful Valentines Day.

 
xo



*If you've never been here, it's an outlet owned by Estee Lauder and sells nice cheap cosmetics!

an evening in italy

Sunday, February 14, 2010
Good evening! Firstly I never expected to wake up this morning with five followers already - thank you so much, it really, really made my day!
So a standard Saturday for me is always spent at some point working. I work in The Gap in Wimbledon and I've worked in the company for nearly three years now selling moderately priced jumpers, boot cut jeans and plain tees. So of course I trundled off to work through a soggy South London at 11am and returned at 7pm to find my partner Ben had booked us for a meal at our local Italian. I know it's meant to be Valentines Day/weekend so this kind of behaviour is expected to be pretty standard amongst couples, but to be honest we aren't huuuuge believers in the whole thing so it was more a nice evening in the respect that it was a treat, as we don't go dining out that often :). So this is what I wore:



 
 sorry these photos are awful!

My dress is from an eBay seller who's name I can't remember, i'm so sorry. If you are interested I can go through my history and try and find her, all i know is that it came from Japan and she handmade it. It has no tags, and it's quite clearly hand stitched in parts. I absolutely love it! The top part is faux fur with pearly beads sewn in a linear pattern on top of the brown cotton skirt.  I always team this with my Accessorize peacock waist belt, i feel it is the only dress that really needs it - because the stitching is quite high on me (i'm fairly tall) the belt holds it in place from moving and stops me getting annoyed! In the first photo - which i did wear out - i've got a long Gap merino cardi in a deep plum purple. My boots are from Office.
I've tied all my hair up in a side pony and i'm not sure how visible it is but there is a black leather bow in my hair which I bought about a month ago from H&M for £2.99, bargain!
  



This is my clutch bag which I grabbed in the sale at Accessorize for £9.99.




Both my rose ring and bundle of bracelets tied together by ribbon, again, from Accessorize - part of the current collection :)



And finally my necklace, also from Accessorize (incase you can't tell,  I love Accessorize!!) Think it is still permanent but don't hold me to it!




My face of the night (FOTN)
Face: MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC15
MAC Face and Body in N1 (i mix these two together to make a lighter coverage&shade)
L'oreal Concealer 
YSL Touche Eclat in 01
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Perfect Topping
N.Y.C Blush Colour Wheel
Benefit Get Even Pressed Powder in 01
Urban Decay Primer Potion
To set all the powder I use Liz Earle Tonic Spritzer (looove this, gives foundation a real glow.)

Eyes: MAC Eyeshadow in Sweet Eyes (Passions of Red 2008 Classic Eyes palette)
MAC Eyeshadow in All That Glitters
MAC Eyeshadow in Tempting
MAC Eyeshadow in In Awe (Passions of Red 2008 Classic Eyes palette)
Urban Decay Eyeliners in Eldorado and Stash
Lancome Hypnose Mascara

And The London Lipgloss of today was:


MAC Lipglass in Icescape 
A new addition to my lipgloss family, this one was purchased from the Love Lace collection :)


Wow! If you made it through all that - make yourself a cuppa! Sorry it was so long! What are your plans for this weekend? Are you against Valentines, off for a romantic day, an evening with the girls or not really bothered at all? And please tell me what you think of my integrated make-up/clothing posts - should i separate them?
See you soon,
Zoe-Louise xox
   

learning to fly

Saturday, February 13, 2010
Hello. I am new to Blogger so please be kind! My name is Zoe and i'm from Wimbledon in South London. I am a music and fashion photographer halfway through an art degree at The Wimbledon School of Art.
Like all of you girls out there a huge part of my life is dedicated to fashion and beauty products and more-or-less all of my hard-earned cash goes on lovely new shoes and lipglosses! I've already spent a fair bit of my time reading and watching so many beautiful blogs and youtube channels - and I felt the time was ready to join in myself.
If you're wondering what you might find on The London Lipgloss, well, it'll be a mixture of fashion ideas, beauty reviews, my favourite things and maybe the odd bit of lipgloss! I sincerely hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I will enjoy making it.

See you soon!
Zoe-Louise xx